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Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Cully food waste dump to process 100,000 tons a year

It will make methane gas, which it will burn for energy. It's green and sustainable. What could go wrong?

Maybe if they stink the Colwood golf course up badly enough, the Port can finally get its hands on that land for its airport expansion.

Comments (6)

The article says:
"The company will spend the next six months locking down construction bids and power purchasing contracts"

Why do then need to purchase power if this thing burns methane for energy? Shouldn't they be selling power not purchasing it?


Karlock, the common usage in the utility sector is to refer to these deal as power purchase contracts, regardless of which side of the deal you're on.

I know you think that everyone is a moron but you, but your question is a lot like the guy who says that the manual stinks because it keeps saying "hit any key," because there's no ANY key on the keyboard.

They already burn methane produced in landfills, so there's not really a gain in juice. The only benefits are reduced landfill deposits, and reuse of the material as compost. These are both significant, since it increases the lifespan of a landfill and using compost reduces our nations' overuse of water and petroleum based fertilizers.

I'm interested in the outcome of the power purchasing contract because if it's like the solar power agreements, my utility will be forced to buy the power at above wholesale rates and my power bill will go up.

The $0.50 per ton mitigation fee that Metro will pass on to neighborhood will also affect power rates. This whole system will be worth watching.

Not horrible, but a fairly poor energy in/energy out ratio.

Maybe we shouldn't be doing this at all.


Hopefully, we actually will burn it, but the increase in CO2 will add to the load.

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